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Go West! My first cycle tour – part 2 – the gear and kit

I have told you where we cycled last week on our first ever bike tour, now here is a run down of the gear we carried with us. This is not an extensive list, that would be dull. Rather this is a list of the main things that made the riding comfortable and possible. The Bikes I used […]

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Go West! My first cycle tour – part 1 – the route and scenic highlights

So, I finally went on a cycle tour – it only took me a year to get it figured out! I have to say it was well worth the wait, especially as I didn’t have to do it on my own, my new-to-cycling husband brought a touring bike and came with me. I am also […]

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Gone Cycling

Don’t forget it is Cycle to Work Day tomorrow! I hope you all enjoy all the special events on today and encourage lots of your friends to start cycling to work. I however, will not be cycling to work tomorrow – I am cycling on HOLIDAY! By the time you read this I will be well into my mini […]

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Bicycle sizing: How to get the correct size bike and why it matters

There’s a little more to a bike fit than the right frame size. Here are some tips for making sure you buy the right size bike, and get it correctly setup. Side note: We’ve also covered professional bike fitting if that’s of interest. Before buying a bike Bike frame size There are two main ways bicycles are sized, […]

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Folding Electric Bikes: which bikes work for city commutes?

Electric bikes can be a little contentious. We are not talking helmet debate levels, but they still generate surprisingly strong feelings among the people on bikes population. I like the existence of electric bikes, but have no desire to have one myself – yet. If you wish to cycle further, or tackle that next hill a […]

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What is the Best Cycling Backpack? Commuter Rucksack Guide

*This is a 2016 update to a 2014 guide* Backpacks and rucksacks for cycling come in all shapes and sizes. Whilst it is more than possible to use any kind of backpack while cycling, there are benefits of having a travel backpack designed with the bike rider in mind. Cycling backpacks will usually have adjustable straps […]

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Quad Lock bike mount for iPhone and Android phones – Review

Whilst riding around London, it’s likely you’ve developed your own internal GPS for getting around. But what happens when you want to venture further? Or try completely new routes? In September I’m planning on riding to Taunton. Following the route will be a lot easier if I have the bike equivalent of a TomTom in […]

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Cycling bottles and cages for cold water and hot coffee while on the bike

Squash, water, smoothie, coffee, tea, whisky – whatever your preference is for on the bike drinking, having a decent bottle will keep your drink cool or warm. A good cage to keep it in is important too. Here are some of our favourite bottles and bike bottle cages. CamelBack Podium Chill – 610ml – £13.99 […]

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10 of the most cycling friendly cities around the world

How do you determine a cycle friendly city? The scientific way is the Copenhagenize Index. It looks at a number of variables including commitment to infrastructure, modal share and gender split. Another is to go from personal experience. We’ve listed some of our favourites below that are leading the way with the cycling experience and taking […]

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Here’s a lovely weekend bike ride to try

Parts of London make you forget you are in a major city. We’ve all got our favourite spots – from Hampstead Heath to The Lea Valley. Today, we’ll cover a nice easy to follow cycling route around the Hackney, Wathamstow and Tottenham Marshes. This area is perfect for cyclists. If you’re looking for more suggestions, then our 35 London Cycle […]

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The Cycling Store and Goodordering profile

This week we bring you a profile of two companies who have joined forces in an effort to help people cycle in style: Goodordering and The Cycling Store. I met with Naomi, of Hackney St Cloud, and Jacqui of Goodordering at their lovely pop-up shop in Hackney. The current shop is open for the rest […]

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Kryptonite Wheelnutz review – theft proof your bike wheels

Whilst you may lock your frame and rear wheel with a reliable D-Lock, what about your front wheel? If someone can simply undo a quick release or remove a bolt, they can run off with your wheel. This is not only a pain but also expensive. Enter the Gravity WheelNutz. At a touch under £25, they […]

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